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image SM 53/3/46

Reference number

SM 53/3/46


[434] Presentation drawing, alternative design, Westminster Hall and New Law Courts, before 18 January 1825


Elevation of the linking range between the Court of King's Bench and Westminster Hall, showing the former with three crenelles at its upper level and four at its lower, with the north-west tower of the Hall, as executed


bar scale of 3/8 inch to 1 foot


New Law Courts.- / No. 1. / Tuesday January 18. 1825. / This Drawing was submitted to Sir Charles Long at the Army Pay / Office for his Approbation respecting the Battlements agreeably to the direction of the / Select Committee, / There was also another Drawing No 2. for the same purpose. / Sir Charles having duly considered them both. approved of the / Plan No 1. as best corresponding with the large masses of / the building. / John Soane dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 17/01/1825
    Jan[uar]y. 1825
    dated in accordance with corresponding Day Books entry

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, wash, pen, pricked for transfer on wove paper (509 x 716)


Possibly George Bailey (1792 - 1860), draughtsman
The Day Book entry for 17 January 1825 notes that George Bailey was About Drawings of Church & / Courts.


Smith & Allnutt / 1820


The central crenelle and merlons to the linking range are shown as the same size (5ft 61/2in. and 3ft respectively) as those on the adjacent tower of Westminster Hall. An alternative proposal (No. 2.) is given in SM 53/3/47. The latter is clearly in the same hand; the draughtsmanship being prefunctory to the point of crude.

This alternative design appears to have been the form as finally built; it is the same form shown in the model illustrating the final form of the Select Committee's design (see SM SC2).



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